Family camping vacations are one of the most popular choices in the United States. Altogether, Americans spent 534.9 million days camping in 2011. Camping vacations may be more popular during the summertime, but early fall camping trips can be incredibly enjoyable, especially in New York State. New York camping in autumn has some amazing perks for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just five reasons why you should go camping this fall.
- Fall foliage
The beauty of fall in New York State simply can’t be beat. Appreciate the serene scenery of autumn while camping near a lake. The fall colors of wooded campgrounds are a stunning sight to see, and one that your family will remember for years to come.
- Ideal weather
The heat of summer camping trips can be a draw for some, but others will enjoy the cooler temperatures much more. Early fall camping trips provide crisp, clear mornings and comfortable days that are perfect for enjoying your favorite activities. If the humidity is too much for you in the summertime, you’ll enjoy one of the best campgrounds NY state has to offer during the autumn season.
- Fewer crowds
In the summertime, family campgrounds are bustling with activity. If peace and quiet is what you’re after, NY camping in the fall is perfect for you. People aren’t as inclined to go on camping vacations or trips during the school year, so you’ll be able to appreciate the tranquility of the superior campgrounds NY has in store during this time.
- Fewer insects
Bugs can be a real deterrent for summertime campers. Mosquitoes and other pests are never fun to deal with, but one of the great things about fall camping is that the majority of these insects will have gone away with the hot weather. When you don’t have to deal with nuisances like these, you can focus on enjoying your family camping trip without any distractions.
- Seasonal activities
Summertime is great for swimming and boating, but fall camping definitely has its perks. You can go apple picking, head to a nearby pumpkin patch, enjoy the changing leaves on a hiking trail, or enjoy fall fishing on the lake. Plus, you can enjoy the bounty of the fall harvest by incorporating autumnal comfort foods into your campsite cooking.
Whether you’re a camping veteran or want to get out into the woods for the first time, we have the ideal accommodations for your camping trip. Contact us today to find out why we’re one of the best campgrounds NY has to offer.
Here is an alphabetical list by state of Jellystone Park campgrounds that are open in November. (All Canada parks are now closed.) We’ve included a sample of the activities they have planned. Click on each park to view details on their website.
Cobb Mountain, CA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Larkspur, CO: Experience Winter Wonderland activities including daily goat hikes, rare sightings of Yogi taking hibernation breaks, winter disk golf, night disk golf, bonfires, hay rides, winter archery, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, inner tubing and goat Sleigh rides!
Montrose, CO: There are no scheduled activities, but the area is a winter wonderland! Skiing, snowshoeing, Ouray Hot Springs and more!
Goodfield, IL: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Millbrook (Chicago area), IL: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Portage, IN: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Scottsburg, IN: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Lawrence (Kansas City area), KS: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Cave City, KY: Veterans camp for FREE on Veteran’s Day November 11! Start a new family tradition and join us for Thanksgiving.
Lake Charles, LA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Robert, LA: Veteran’s Day 50% off campsites & cabins. Plus, patriotic games and a red, white and blue parade. November 18 & 19 – Cruisin’ Weekend with a pot luck dinner and your favorite activities. November 23-26 – Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebration with a visit from Santa, food, and Golf Cart Poker Run.
Hagerstown, MD: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open until November 30.
Sturbridge, MA: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year. Visit Old Sturbridge Village for activities throughout November and December including Christmas by Candlelight.
Frankenmuth, MI: Great events in the area! November 25 Holiday Lighting Celebration at River Place, November 25-27 & December 3-4 Frankenmuth Farmers Market, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland – the largest Christmas Store in the World
Pelahatchie, MS: There are no scheduled winter activities, but the campground is open all year.
Branson, MO: Enjoy peddle carts, playgrounds, indoor cinema, use of game room, and of course Yogi Bear! Experience one of the biggest traditional Christmas celebrations in the US with an Ozark Mountain Christmas .
Elmer, NJ: The park is open for overnight camping until November 27th. Monthly camping available all winter!
Cherokee, NC: There are no scheduled winter activities, but nearby there is Harrah’s Casino the The Cherokee Indian Museum.
Gatlinburg, TN: Join us for a Thanksgiving potluck, games and crafts. Park closes November 30.
Horn Lake, MS (Memphis area): No winter activities on property, but here is plenty to do in the area: Graceland, Beale Street, Casinos and more!
Nashville, TN: Experience Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show! Plus, Opryland Hotel is down the street.
South Fort Worth, TX: November 1-30, Yogi’s Gobblin’ Good Time Weekends
Canyon Lake, TX: Nov 23-27 – Thanksgiving Weekend (3 night minimum) It’s our 6th annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner!! Wednesday afternoon starts the weekend out with pie-baking. Then on Thursday Yogi brings the turkeys… (18 cooked last year) and each family brings 2 side dishes to share. Dec 09-11 – Christmas Celebration (Buy 1 night get 2 free!) To say Thank You to all our customers we are offering buy 1 night, get 2 nights free! If you can’t stay the 3rd night use it for a late check out on Sunday afternoon. We will be asking for canned food donations for our local food pantry.
Waller (Houston), TX: Thanksgiving pot-luck. We suppy the turkey, you bring the sides.
Emporia, VA: There are no scheduled winter activities but the park is open all year.
Gloucester Point, VA: There are no scheduled activities but plenty to do in the area including Colonial Williamsburg.
Luray, VA: There are no scheduled activities but the park is open until December 1.
Natural Bridge, VA: Fri, November 11, 2011 Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Cindy Bear are thankful for a fun season, but it’s time for their long winter’s nap! Celebrate with us at our 10th annual Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll supply the turkey, gravy, stuffing, salad and rolls. We ask that our guests bring either a side dish or dessert to our Thanksgiving feast. Join us after dinner for our last Bingo of the 2011 season! Fri, November 25, 2011 It’s the final weekend of our 10th season – spend your Thanksgiving around a campfire! We’ll have our very own turkey themed crafts and games, as well as candy bar bingo.
It’s almost October. The leaves are turning and the peak camping season is over, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t still get out there for a family camping trip. Your RV doesn’t have frozen pipes. You haven’t winterized yet. Even if you have, you can still get out for a nice brisk fall weekend with the kids. While some parks have already closed, we stay open all year and the weather is beautiful with cooler nights to make the campfire more enjoyable.
Here are just a few reasons to get out there again:
- Less traffic
- Less crowded
- Lower campsite prices
- Changing seasons and colors
RUSTIC CABINS are discounted this Fall* with the exception of the following dates:
Oct. 8-11, Oct. 22-24 & Oct. 29-31.
- 1-Room Cabin (sleeps 5) $50.00 per night
- Reg. price $88.00 – $96.00 per night
- 2-Room Cabin (sleeps 7) $60.00 per night
- Reg. price $98.00 – $106.00 per night
*Applies only to the Jellystone Park in Sturbridge